Monthly Archives: March 2008

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YouTube’d memories: Hotel California

When I answered the “favorite song” question in the Photobucket meme (see #9), I actually chose my number two song. I think it is called “the familiarity effect” in cognitive psychology – I listen to my CD compilation of favorite Beatles’ songs occasionally, while I don’t even have a CD compilation of favorite “assorted” songs.

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Aimless wanderer

The spring showed a bit of skin today, and I could only look out the window for so long before deciding that I’d better get up and go out. One of the first thoughts was a round of golf, but my last round in December managed to dampen my enthusiasm for the activity. Instead, I

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Riding lessons

Besides giving everybody a chance to see my girls enjoy an exotic – for us – pursuit, I also aimed at illustrating the quick-changing weather with this clip. Alas, compressed diminished quality of the video made that less discernible. Just smile at the sight of the girls ahorse, then…     P.S. I know I

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Lonesome again

Well, here I am, with only a computer for company, four full weekend days ahead unencumbered with any plans whatsoever, and an unappetizing concept of surviving for a while on my own once again. On a bright side, I should shed a dozen pounds, having no one to lovingly feed me. Yes, the family is

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YouTube’d memories: A Matter of Trust

This song was my introduction to Billy Joel, whose groundbreaking USSR tour in 1987 paved the road for many other Western acts. By the whim of some Soviet culture ministry functionary – or was it a random selection? – A Matter Of Trust has gotten the lion’s share of exposure on Soviet TV, and remained

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Twirl this hoop

The athletic fever amongst the parents in our family has shifted. While the girls continue their pursuits in skating, swimming and trampolining, I have all but stopped going to the gym. Sad, but true. Natasha, in the meantime, has picked up a new type of exercise to keep in shape. It is called the 3G

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Obama is growing on me

I can’t say that I’m a convert, but I can clearly see why Obama is an appealing candidate. Read his speech and I dare you to tell me that a picture of a thoughtful, moral and remarkably sincere human being has not formed in your head. Eloquent and moving too – but that’s a long-accepted

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Spammers get creative

I get my share of spam comment and trackback attempts, which are not at all visible to my faithful reader. Of the number of ways to prevent spam content from appearing on the website, I use “moderation”, which, for non-initiated, simply means that every comment submission goes through my explicit approval. Not the customer-friendliest approach,

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Phones restored

In case you were wondering, the agency that manages our house insisted on fixing the phone cabling problem described in this post. The technician showed up, confirmed that some wiring was torn apart, fixed it in under ninety seconds and wrote up a report that will allow the agency to reclaim the cost of his

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Road tax will go up

Continuing with the threads of road tax, environment and a fight for lower emissions, the newly produced UK government Budget calls for an increase of that tax for the most-polluting vehicles to £425 a year. (among the sources, try this one) The increase will be put in place in April of 2009, which is after

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